Welcome to Morocco! Complimentary transfers depart Casablanca Airport to the tour hotel.Tonight, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Drink.
After our sightseeing tour we depart for the capital of Rabat where we see the Mausoleum of King Mohammed V and the Royal Palace. Now on the one of the kingdom's imperial cities, Meknes, dating back to the 11th century. its surroundings have remained unchanged for centuries. We make a rare visit inside the Mosque and see Bab el-Mansour gateway before continuing to Fez.
An intriguing day! We visit the medina of Fez and walk down its old streets,filled with exotic scents. We see one of the oldest universities in the world with time to haggle in the Bazaar and see Moroccan pottery. Moroccan oriental rugs are an attraction for bargain hunters, and so we also witness this most important handicraft of Fez. Tonight we enjoy a superb Moroccan Dinner and a Folklore Show with drums and belly dancing!
We leave the bustle of the city behind, and head for the spectacular snow capped High Atlas Mountains. We pass through Ifrane before reaching great forests of cedar. Now it's up through the magnificent Ziz Gorges, past palm fringed towns to Er Rachidia, built by the French at an important crossroads .Our destination tonight is Merzouga, from where we prepare for camel ride into the desert camp in Erg Chebbi desert. In Merzouga desert camp we will spend the night in a desert tent. We enjoy our stay with drum music and tasty dinner in the middle of the Merzouga desert in Morocco.
We venture towards the oasis of Tinehir today,noted for its silver and jewellery workshops.From here we take a slight detour to explore part of the Todra Gorge ñ the Grand Canyon of the Sahara!At Boumalne-du-Dades we encounter the dry rugged Dades Valley dotted with oases of figs, olives, date palms and castellated mud houses hugging the mountain slopes. Our route concludes at Ouarzazate, film capital of Morocco,with everything from "Lawrence of Arabia" to "Star Wars" being filmed there
Heading north we stop at the village of Ait Benhaddou, boasting one of Morocco's finest kasbahs. We continue via the spectacular Tizi n'Tichka Pass,before descending past charming mountain villages such as Taddert. We continue on through green rural countryside to the ochre coloured city of Marrakesh.
Sightseeing today includes an exploration of the fascinating Medina (old town),t he Koutoubia Mosque ,and a visit to the secluded tombs of the Saadi dynasty hidden behind high walls. After some time to watch the dancers, storytellers and acrobats at the bustling Djemaa El Fna Square, we visit a Moroccan family home in the Ourika valley to witness a mint tea preparation ceremony.
Heading towards the Atlantic coast, we say goodbye to the snake charmers of Marrakesh and drive back to Casablanca.This afternoon we are at leisure to enjoy this vibrant modern city at our own pace.
Our tour ends today. Complimentary transfers to the airport.